Clinton Dental Care
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Staff

Passion. Experience. Diligence.

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Welcome to Clinton Dental Care

At Clinton Dental Care, we are dedicated to creating a familiar and pleasant experience every time you visit. Our knowledgeable, experience and friendly team creates a comfortable family like environment. Practicing dentistry in the heart of Clinton, we strive to offer a wide range of services for the benefit of our patients. In our state of the art facility, we combine the latest technology of digital radiography and photography with our hometown friendliness to create a comforting environment.  We care about our patients and listen to the individual concerns of each one.

We offer a wide array of procedures: hygiene and preventive care, emergency care, cosmetic dentistry-all porcelain crowns and porcelain veneers, root canals, dental implant restorations, teeth whitening, and the latest materials in restorative dentistry. Utilizing these, we are able to care for the needs of patients from 2 to 102 years of age. When complicated procedures require the need of a specialist, we are blessed to have a core group we work with daily.

 

 

Our Staff

 
 
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DENTIST

Dr. Derrick:

Born and raised in Clinton, Dr. Derrick is proud to have come back home upon graduating from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston in 2006.  Dr. Derrick graduated magna cum laude from the University of South Carolina in 2002 (Go Cocks!) and from Clinton High School in 1998.  She knew she wanted to be a dentist while still in high school due to her complex dental issues in her youth.  She credits Dr. Phil McClary and Dr. John Sowell for making her smile beautiful and never causing any pain.  She hopes to do that for all of her patients!

Dr. Derrick is a member of the SC Dental Association, American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), and the LD Pankey Alumni Association.  Over the past nine years she has amassed over 500 hours of continuing education and in December 2016, she sat for and passed the exam to achieve fellowship status in general dentistry from the AGD.  There are only 105 dentists in South Carolina who have achieved this distinction and 6,500 in the country.

“These awards mean that your general dentist cares about long-term dental health for you and your family and demonstrates that concern by pursuing additional designations. The Fellowship (FAGD) and Mastership (MAGD) Awards are two of the most rigorous continuing dental education programs today. They help your dentist stay up to date on the most current dental procedures in order to offer you the highest quality of care.” AGD website

So what’s next? In 2017 Dr. Derrick plans to attend the final class in the Pankey curriculum in Key Biscayne, Florida, which has been key to changing how she practices dentistry.  The institute provides education to look at the patient as a whole person, not just a mouth, and improve the patient’s entire health.

Dr. Derrick is passionate about forming a relationship with every patient and welcoming them into the family of Clinton Dental Care.  Each patient with leave the office knowing they received the best dental care in the region.  We are a close family at Clinton Dental Care and we hope everyone that comes through our door will feel at home!

Dr. Derrick loves spending time with her daughter, Addy, and being outside, especially on the water.  In her free time, she loves the beach, cooking and baking, and going to USC sporting events (Go cocks!). 

 
 

 
 
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DENTAL HYGENIST

Lisa Taylor, RDH

A hygienist for 34 years, Lisa has been the head of our hygiene team for 23 years.  She was born in Clinton, SC and graduated from Greenville Technical College in 1980 with an Associate’s Degree in Dental Hygiene.  Lisa and Ronnie, a retired science teacher, have 5 sons:  Auggie, Jason, Shane, Joe, and Oscar.  A proud grandmother Lisa has 5 grandchildren: Chandler (19), Ashlynn (8), Carson (6),  Alana Rose (5), and Finn (1).  She loves spending time with them every chance she gets.  Lisa’s patients know how invaluable she is to the Clinton Dental Care team!

 

 
 

 
 
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DENTAL HYGENIST

Becky Miles, RDH

Becky is a legend around Laurens County!  Graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Dental Hygiene in 1971 from the Medical College of Georgia, she was an original with Dr. Carl Wessinger in Clinton.  For the past 17 years she has been a part of our hygiene team part-time.  Becky has 2 children, Craig and Anna Rose; 1 grandson, Sayer (6); and a granddaughter, Ellyson Rose (4).  She is enjoying spending her “semi”- retirement with her grandchildren and pets.

 
 

 
 
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OFFICE MANAGER

Betsy Riser

“Clinton Dental Care, this is Betsy.”  Anyone who has called our office over the years knows she is a legend.  Some patients even save her messages to cheer them up on a rainy day.  Betsy has been our office manager for over 28 years.  Any insurance questions she’s the one to ask.  She has 2 daughters; Shawn, who is a registered pharmacist teaching at Wingate University School of Pharmacy in Asheville, NC, andis married to David, also a pharmacist with Ingles, and Caroline, who works for North Western Mutual in Savannah, GA.  Both girls graduated the University of South Carolina (Shawn went on to graduate from University of South Carolina School of Pharmacy) and just like their Mom are HUGE Gamecock fans!   In her spare time Betsy can be found reading (preferably out by her pool on warm, summer days), enjoying her “grandpuppies,” Owen and Langston, and spending time with her husband, Scott, usually doing things which scare her half to death!  Betsy also is involved with EA’s Love for Life Foundation, which focuses on domestic violence prevention, education, and awareness, a cause and a fight she is very passionate about. 

 

 
 
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OFFICE ASSISTANT

Amy Hill

Amy Chilton Hill is a 1997 graduate of Clinton High School and attended Piedmont Technical College and Midlands Technical College. She is married to Steven Hill and they have two sons, Austin and Seth Hill. They have a fur baby named Slinky. Amy's passions include attending church, volunteering in the community, hiking, photography, health and nutrition. She is an active member at the YMCA in Simpsonville. She is also a huge fan of Paula Dean and had the opportunity to meet her in 2015.  Amy began her dental career in 2001 as a dental assistant. These days, Amy works in the business office here at Clinton Dental Care as patient care coordinator, aka Betsy's side kick.

 

 

 

 
 
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DENTAL ASSISTANT

Darlene Scogin

Darlene was born in Union, SC to a family of six children. After moving to the Clinton area and starting a family she began work as a receptionist in general dentistry and later began assisting. She has been with Clinton Dental Care for 13 years serving as a dental assistant. Her children attended Thornwell School in Clinton and went on to receive bachelor degrees. Her daughter, Leigh Anne Waters is the program coordinator and instructor at the Palmetto Equestrian Therapeutic Riding Program here in Clinton. It is a non-profit organization that offers therapeutic, educational, and recreational horsemanship opportunities to individuals with special needs in our local community. Darlene’s son, Jonathon Scogin is in law enforcement in our area and is also a certified motorcycle mechanic.  When not working, Darlene enjoys running, baking, hiking, reading, and making crafts.

 

 

 
 

DENTAL Assistant

Susan Walden, CDA

Susan is the newest member of the Clinton Dental Care team. She is a Laurens native and very excited to have the opportunity to work in her hometown. Susan has an Associates Degree in Dental Assisting and currently holds a DANB certification in addition to two decades of expanded function dental assistant experience. She has a passion for dentistry that helps her to make sure each patient she meets has an enjoyable experience and leaves the office smiling!  If you haven’t met Susan yet, you will know her by her laughter!

When she’s not working, Susan loves spending time with family and friends, organizing, making frequent trips to Charleston, cooking/grilling out, teaching children's church, and watching college football!